Reader QuestionI have recently decided to take over the bill paying from my husband. I want to be very efficient with this. I need some suggestions.Thanks!Donna Chamberlain, Los Angeles, CAOur ResponseHi Donna,Your husband may already have a very efficient system in place, and perhaps you’re simply taking over because of his time constraints. In this case, you can simply apply what he has been doing...and make any small improvements along the way.If his system has been not-so-great, you may need to completely revamp it.In either case, if possible, ask him to show you what he has been doing, so you’ll have an easier time backtracking if necessary, finding bill paying supplies, and so on.I suggest you have one place to store any incoming bills, and a consistent day and time each week, designated specifically for paying bills. Have all bill paying supplies you need in one place, such as your checkbook, a pen, a calculator, postage stamps, return address labels, envelopes and whatever else you need.Pay your bills on your designated day at your designated time. As you do each, write the check number, date, and amount on your bill statements for reference. Put all the payments to be mailed in your Outgoing Mail basket and get them mailed before your next mail pick-up. File the paid bill statements, alphabetically by category, in a binder or filing cabinet.For even more detailed information, check out this article I wrote entitled 10 Ways to Organize and Simplify Bill Paying.Hope this helps!MariaReader Clinic SubmittalHave an organizing question? We'd love to hear from you.Please fill in your answers to all questions below. Then press SEND. If your browser does not allow you to use forms, just type all of your answers in an email and send the email to Your tips and ideas may be printed in one of our future newsletters as a featured Reader Tip. In addition, it may be published in one of our future books, with your name, city and state!By submitting this form, you agree to allow us to reprint your tip(s) or idea(s) in our future publications. Be sure to read our newsletter each week to find out if your tip was chosen to be featured.Thank you!Maria GraciaTo submit your Organizing Question, please fill out the form below:All fields are required
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